Upcoming group gardening sessions

1st 2 weekends of the month – Saturday mornings, from 9.30am Rest of the month – Sunday mornings, from 9.30am Look for volunteer coordinator – Cuifen If you are coming, do leave a comment  so that we know to expect you! Bring along water, food if you need, garden gloves, basic garden tools e.g. garden pruners […]

19 Jul 2015 ~ Update

The core team & gardeners were busy with various things this morning :)

First up, here were some donations from neighbours for the compost heap. Coffee waste, tea waste, banana waste, corn waste, fruit peels used to make fruit enzyme. Cuifen got busy with cutting up the garden waste, re-building up the layers of the compost heap, integrating in the donated items. The compost heap material is almost ready really, and we hope the fruit enzyme and coffee will help boost its process.

items from neighbours for the compost!

items from neighbours for the compost!

Our tidied compost heap

Our tidied compost heap

Dennis and Lydia got busy with digging the 3 sisters bed, and preparing the bed to sow a new batch of corn kernels. These corn kernels have margarine fragrance! The beautiful Spotted Doves must have spotted the corn kernels from the trees nearby for 1-2 Spotted Doves started coming!

corn kernels that smell just like margarine

corn kernels that smell just like margarine

corn kernels being added to the bed

corn kernels being added to the bed

Giam was also busy tending to his allocated bed.

Giam at work on his allocated bed

Giam at work on his allocated bed

We liked how he cycled to the garden, with a pot tied to the back of the bicycle :)

Bicycle with a pot!

Bicycle with a pot!

Here’s a collage of some of the things to see around the edible garden… Mini harvests today: long beans, green beans, butterfly blue pea flowers, dill, amaranth

photo collage

photo collage

11 Jul 2015 – The garden gets its own shed!

Finally, after a year of waiting, Pavilion’s edible garden gets its own shed!

It was a kind donation from a neighbour, and while the shed was also in the western part of Singapore, it wasn’t in the estate itself.

So, we needed first a neighbour with a suitable truck and the right know-how.

Only after that, we gather others to make the move happen!

All in all, 10 neighbours (Ai yong, Ricky, Benny, Cheng Ai, Cuifen, Giam, Dennis, Lydia, Siti, Steven) came together to help with the move of the garden shed, including preparation at the garden itself so that the space is ready :)

All and all, it was a very fulfilling morning!

dismantling the shed

dismantling the shed

Slowly does it

Slowly does it

getting the items off the truck and to the garden

getting the items off the truck and to the garden

moving the base into place

moving the base into place

adding the roof

adding the roof

good job guys!

good job guys!

6 Jun Update ~ Sieving our home-made compost

There was a new activity at our edible garden this morning :)

We have a pile of well composted material inter-mixed with larger tree branches that had not broken down.

Dennis & Lydia brought a golden-coloured basket with fine metal mesh bottom. In its previous life, it was a beautiful hamper basket. In our community garden, it becomes a sieve for our compost material!

Small amounts of the coarse compost material was put on the basket, which was rapidly moved back and forth to create a sieving action. Fine material fell through the sieve onto the gunny sack material underneath, and transferred into a separate bag for future use. These gunny sacks are also recycled material as they previously held compost sponsored by the park management.

The hamper basket is put into good use!

The hamper basket is put into good use!

In total, we managed to sieve out 3 gunny sacks worth of fine home-made compost! The compost felt so good when we ran it through our fingers, and felt so alive.

the finer bits of home-made compost :)

the finer bits of home-made compost :)

30 May Update

There was just 2 of us at the edible garden today. The number of neighbours coming to our weekend community sessions is hard to predict. Some days we have too many people joining us, and some days we have none!

One of our key supporters Sharon commented that this is a concern, and it is a fact that our core gardeners are either young adults or elderly people who have already retired, and every one else has a lot of other things to worry about on weekends! That’s where we recognise that our edible garden serves to provide a space for people to meet & interact (regardless if they are working on the garden or not), and to learn & share good ideas. In this area, we have done well for the garden has helped created good friendships amongst neighbours who would otherwise not have met, and have welcomed other local garden enthusiasts to join us in making this a sustainable garden.

Anyway, Uncle Teo decided his pumpkin plant was not going to bear any more fruit, and decided to take it down so that he can focus on the plants in the other raised beds allocated to his care. He decided to give away the only pumpkin. Our Whatsapp channel for interested neighbours came in really handy, and neighbour Jo put up her hand to receive the harvest. We threw in some “bonus” harvest – Kai Lan and also the lovely butterfly blue pea flowers.

Harvest to share

Harvest to share

Our green bananas are also almost ready for harvest!

Green bananas, almost ready for harvest

Green bananas, almost ready for harvest

The red bananas are also fruiting! Can’t wait to try the bananas.

Red bananas

Red bananas

This is an experimental plot by neighbours Dennis & Lydia. They just created this the day before, and said it provides a better growth condition for the tomato seedlings. Let’s check in on this plot again some weeks later!

Experimental plot for tomatoes

Experimental plot for tomatoes

24 May ~ Creating a new garlic raised bed

One of our 2 compost heaps has pretty good weathered coarse compost material now.

One of our 2 compost heap!

One of our 2 compost heaps!

Cheng Ai had brought a bag of garlic cloves. We decided to create a new raised bed to grow garlic as the location for our previous garlic bed was too shady & moist.

Having identified a suitable area that was more sunny & open, five of us got down to creating the new raised bed. We arranged red bricks into a 2-tier rectangular bed, and added coarse compost from the heap. Tree branches and leaves that had not broken down were removed.

The garlic cloves were then arranged in neat rows along the length of the bed.

Once we were happy with the arrangement, we gently pushed the cloves in, with the flat side pointing down, so that they were not visible from the top.

The compost was moist so the bed didn’t need additional watering.

Our new raised bed, and many garlic cloves

Our new raised bed, and many garlic cloves